We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People (American Empire Project)

We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People (American Empire Project)

Peter Van Buren


From a country division insider, the 1st account of our blundering efforts to rebuild Iraq--a stunning and rollicking true-life story of american citizens abroad
Charged with rebuilding Iraq, may you spend taxpayer cash on a activities mural in Baghdad's most deadly local to advertise reconciliation via artwork? How approximately an remoted milk manufacturing unit that can't get its milk to marketplace? Or a pastry classification education girls to open cafés on bombed-out streets with no water or electricity?
According to Peter Van Buren, we obtained these kinds of initiatives and extra within the most costly hearts-and-minds crusade because the Marshall Plan. We intended Well is his eyewitness account of the civilian aspect of the surge--that surreal and bollixed try and defeat terrorism and win over Iraqis by means of reconstructing the realm we had simply destroyed. best a nation division Provincial Reconstruction crew on its quixotic project, Van Buren information, with laser-like irony, his yearlong come upon with unnecessary tasks, bureaucratic fumbling, beaten infantrymen, and oblivious directors secluded within the world's greatest embassy, who fail to gain that you simply cannot rebuild a rustic with out first deciding on up the trash.
Darkly humorous whereas lethal critical, We intended Well is a tragicomic voyage of ineptitude and corruption that leaves its writer--and readers--appalled and dissatisfied yet wiser.

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